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  1. Trend is definitely towards extreme flexibility and wearing very dead pointe shoes to fake the feet! Personally think a lot of it is quite ugly but there have always been fashions, at least we’ve moved away from the ultra skinny I suppose. I see many more video clips these days so not sure I agree that musicality etc is less considered than in previous days when we had mainly just photos
  2. I think the issue is the cost, at around £20 a ticket (no child reduction) it’s a very expensive cinema trip for a family! Many of the live touring productions are the same price or cheaper. I’m not totally sure why the live cinema events are so expensive?
  3. What are you hoping to do at the end of the course? Perform/ teach/ choreograph etc? Is your higher education in an area where you could work part time or flexibly self employed?
  4. If she’s got a bust I don’t think any sort of dance bra/ leotard/ body will support adequately. If it’s for a performance/ exam then these are adequate as a one off but for regular class she’s going to need a proper bra. Do the school restrict leotard styles? There are many tank and sleeved styles that will hide a bra and maybe even a wider strap camisole. If her bra is too high at the front could she get a 3/4 cup style or shorten the leotard straps? If the school are dictating one style of leotard which won’t work with any type of bra they really cant complain...
  5. Moomin

    Foot creams

    Children’s farm?
  6. Moomin

    Foot creams

    https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/aqueous-cream-may-cause-skin-irritation https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/emollients
  7. Moomin

    Foot creams

    Aqueous cream actually isn’t recommended as a moisturiser anymore and hasn’t been for quite some time due to it causing sensitivity reactions much more commonly than equivalent products. It’s only recommended for washing with instead of soap.
  8. Moomin

    Foot creams

    Sorry to hear you have had such an awful time. I was going to suggest doublebase (not diprobase) as it has a nice texture for massage. Flexitol is a very good moisturiser but if your skin is very sensitive at the moment you may react to the urea in it. If you’re allowed heat on the foot you may like a parrafin foot bath, they are not that expensive
  9. Did you see Sarah at dancique? The other fitter is good but I’d say sarah is particularly good with difficult feet! What is the specific problem with the shoes? Are they bruising/ rubbing? Is she falling out of them? Not able to dance? Or just short wear time? The American site ballet talk for dancers do online shoe fittings from pictures which would give you a good idea of shoes to target to try and then look for somewhere that stocks those?
  10. You need to go to dancique in Birmingham if you can- sarah is a physio and will really look at her feet in a way most fitters don’t. They have lots of Russian pointe styles.
  11. Also bear in mind that I think for a traditional pointe shoe they quote the life as about 8 hours or something! Unfortunately high arches do kill shoes quickly although you might find when she’s training full time she’ll be stronger and the shoes will last better. Has she tried Russian pointe? They have loads of options which are meant to remove the need for custom shoes.
  12. Do you have a good pointe shoe fitter, what sort of area of the country are you in? Presumably her teachers feel that her shoes aren’t the correct fit, have they said in what way?
  13. Did you manage to try some non stretch shoes as well?
  14. Personally I’d ring a few and see what they have for her age. I don’t know of any of the mentioned schools but some schools will attract mainly serious students and your daughter may have to go with children younger than herself because the 11 year olds will have been training from a young age. Or she’ll be dropped into a high level class to suit her age which isn’t ideal either! Practically any school will introduce pointe work, so she should get her chance at that when she reaches the level and strength required wherever she goes. There are loads of good schools and opportunities in London, I’d look for somewhere that has something to particularly suit her as a slightly older near beginner. I don’t think it will be necessary to go to 2 different schools, there are loads of schools in London who will offer you 3,4 or more classes if you want them. If you go to 2 different schools it makes everything very complicated with timings as you change classes/ perform in shows or competitions etc and inevitably there are clashes.
  15. I find this too as I have compressible feet and it is worse with stretch shoes on top. I think Bloch zenith have quite a strong elastic in so you may feel better in the non stretch canvas or leather? tendu tights have quite a lot of material around the toes, and not too elasticated
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